• Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic

  • Become an expert, leader and recognized professional while helping others in their time of need.

    Start on a healthcare career path that can lead to becoming a paramedic, instructor/supervisor, nurse, physician assistant or doctor!


  • Prepare yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to render patient care on an emergency ambulance. When you successfully complete the course, you will take your NYS Department of Health Certification Exam for EMT-Basic. This course is necessary to advance to the one year program of paramedic education. To receive an application to become an Emergency Medical Technician and arrange for your pretest and interview, call (718) 482-5768 or visit Room C-339. ND

    Mon, Tues & Thurs + 2 Sundays 9/11/2017 2/15/2018 6:00-9:30 $1095 A11EMT001A

    Mon & Wed + 2 Saturdays 9/13/2017 1/18/2018 9:30-4:30 $1095 A11EMT001B


    • High school diploma or equivalency
    • 18 years of age by last day of month in which certification exam is given
    • Passing of pre-screening process

    EMTs primarily perform emergency and transport ambulance work in the private, municipal and hospital ambulance sectors, earning $12 – $22/hour. This is a career path to paramedic and firefighter.
    This profession has a very high rate of employment for those with a driver’s license with 6 points or less.
  • FAQ

    In order to enter LaGuardia’s EMT class, you must be at least 18 years of age during the month the class ends, take an English reading test (or bring in a college transcript showing you passed English in college), and pass an interview.
    LaGuardia’s Pre-Hospital Care Programs office has listings of both paid and volunteer opportunities for EMTs available for students upon request.
    The EMT course is 172 hours over a 2-4 month period, depending on the schedule.
    EMT night classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. EMT day classes meet Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The exception is the summer day class, which meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    EMT rotation sites include Lenox Hill, Manhattan; Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn; and Maimonides Hospital, Brooklyn. Students may attend a hospital closer to their home if approved in advance by both the hospital and LaGuardia.
    Currently there is a shortage of EMTs in New York City, making employment prospects excellent. The Fire Department of New York, hospitals and private companies have been actively recruiting on campus. LaGuardia graduates are sought after by many employers.
    LaGuardia has the best preparation for the best price. Our EMT Program has a 97% pass rate FOR STUDENTS TAKING the NY State Department of Health exam for the past 20 years.

    Dedicated EMS labs, top notch faculty, a minicomputer lab, and a multitude of resources, including open skills labs and state of the art equipment, are all available to students. We’ll do our best to make sure you succeed!

  • Contact Us

    Contact Us

    Pre-Hospital Care Programs

    (718) 482-5768

    In person
    29-10 Thomson Avenue, Room C339
    Long Island City, NY 11101

    Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Apply Now

    Apply Now

    To become an Emergency Medical Technician complete the application and arrange for your pre-test and interview, call (718) 482-5768 or visit Room C339.



    Ways to Register

    By phone
    (718) 482-7244
    with payment by MasterCard/Visa/Discover/American Express.

    In person
    M-Building, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room M143, Long Island City, NY 11101

    Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Cash payments must be made at the Bursar's Office 
    (C-Building, Room C110)
    Monday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Discounts and waivers apply to all courses except those designated ND.